(2009) *NF instant
Not bad at all. Picked this up off Airboss' list a while back and it had Larry's blessing. Mix The Descent with Shaun of the Dead and bring it down a couple notches and you have Doghouse. Very nice makeup and gore! I saw a promo pic a while back & thought the women were doglike creatures but that was not the case. They are total b*tches though. Solid B.
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
No Jason, no problem! I boycotted this for many years for that very reason but now I see it's one of the better entries in the series. Solid cast of characters anchored by the mysterious Tommy, Pam the mother figure and Reggie the badass black kid - that lives! Glad I could put my prejudice aside because this was very enjoyable. Cool kills too and lots more boobs than I remember. Another solid B for the day (actually more like D or DD).
(2008) *NF Instant
Not sure if I've heard of this title until seeing it in the NF catalog tonight. Figured it's from Spain so it's worth a shot. A Mom & Son move out to a small town and soon find a dark secret is lurking in the woods. People start getting killed and the new kid is the suspect. The editing wasn't so great on this but the story got interesting enough in the 2nd half and saved it for me. I question the son's "condition" and a few other pieces of the movie but overall it was worth a watch I guess. Wouldn't mind seeing an American remake. I'm still trying to figure out what the title had to do with it. 2.5 Zombies
What a nice surprise! This maritime massacre contains one of the most epic opening death scenes in a horror movie. Heck it might be might favorite opening since Orson Welles’ masterpiece Touch of Evil. It's just that good! The pacing was perfect and the action never really let up. Some good jumps and kills plus the innards of the ship looked very convincing. The chick from E.R. did a decent job of carrying the movie and who can forget the man we all want to be: Karl Urban. Dude is the Brad Pitt of genre flicks. This guy hasn’t made a bad movie yet! So yeah, Ghost Ship I'm sorry I doubted you all these years. 4 zombies
Thursday night I continued with the boat theme and got stuck on Triangle. This was my second viewing of this wonderful mindf*ck and it still had a strong impact on my brain. Melissa George could be the most underrated actress out there. Her skills always have the viewer empathizing with the character and she makes us care. Autism plays a huge role in the theme of this movie and its patterns here. It could be the main driver as to why she’s stuck in this hell of constantly recreating and repeating the same sequence. One day I’ll have to sit down and pick Triangle apart during a third viewing. 5 zombies
NO MOVIE - FAIL
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Saturday’s Creature Feature was The Creature from the Black Lagoon. I thought all the Universal Monster movies were supposed to be great? Man this stunk like rotten fish. Haven’t seen Creature since PHL-17 played it in 3-D back in the 80’s. My parents made it a huge event with the glasses from 7-Eleven and a huge bowl of popcorn and treats. Back then this movie was a big inspiration for my love of horror and monster movies but now the only thing that holds up is the Creature costume. That was some amazing rubber work for 1954! Other than that it’s a total snoozer. Must be the reason they play those annoying horns every time the monster is about to attack – TO WAKE PEOPLE UP! 2 zombies
If you like your 80's slashers with extra cheese track down The Mutilator. Ridiculous music, horrible acting and some cool kills. The gaffe shot is top notch! Good movie with beer or a crowd. 3.5 Zombies. Also has one of the best horror posters from the 80's:
Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
Meh. What makes part 1 so great is the two main characters. The Angela in this one is second rate & the gore isn't impressive either. Average entry in the Summer Camp Slashers sub-genre. If you like boobs there's one blonde that just can't seem to keep her shirt on throughout the movie. 2 Zombies
This is Alexandre Bustillo's (Inside) second at-bat and boy did he swing for the fences. Not a home run but pretty darn close. Lucy starts a new job as a caregiver and one of the patients is an old, rich ballet instructor shacked up in a house with hidden riches. Lucy gets coaxed into coming back on a treasure hunt and that's where the madness begins. The best way to describe this movie is a fairy tale version of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" video. Spectacular gore, makeup & set design. There is some truly frightening imagery in this film. Not sure if I dug the ending but the ride getting there was a blast. French horror is back baby! The best fresh viewing so far this year. B+
The Deadly Spawn
So good I had to watch it again this year. Jersey in the house! This fine piece of 80's trash was filmed in the good ol' Garden State. One of the finer alien invasion movies of the 80's and the second best creature efx of all time. The alien spawn is one wicked looking bastard and it's got nastier teeth than Steve Buscemi. It can't see you but if you scream....you're dead! B+
Crites wreak havoc. Crites eat baked beans and fart. Goofy looking guy shows up and kills the crites. Not even Leonardo Dicaprio (his first feature film) could save this one. D+
This was a very good necrophile character study. It even has a guy that appears doing a "live" commentary. The lead actor playing Ezra was so believable you wouldn't be surprised to find out he was a maniac in real life. Also interesting that this was released the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and both had characters based on Ed Gein. Good stuff! Solid B
The Walking Dead 3.1
Amazeballs! What a way to kick off a season. I Loved every minute of it especially the zombie surprises. And we haven’t even gotten to the man who shall not be named! Wowza. Could it possibly get better? A
This was a fresh 1900’s take on the zombie genre. Gloomy but beautifully photographed, the look of this movie really drove home an impact. We watch lonely man lose his wife, his son and descend into insanity and that’s just his zombie problem. I really dug this one as it had a lot of the fine qualities I found in 2010’s Stake Land. Decent job by all of the actors and looking forward to more films by John Geddes. Also, big-ups to Bloody Disgusting for picking this one and making it available to the masses. Thank God we don’t have to rely on the major studios for good horror! B+
Monster Dog (1984) was the story of a....you guessed it: a huge Monster Dog that wreaked havoc on a small town, or house because that's all we saw. It was Italian, had wacko gore, bad dubbing & starred Alice Cooper! Best rock song/video I've heard in an 80's horror flick since Maximum Overdrive. This unknown delight was Directed by Italian slop-fest master Claudio Fragasso (Troll 2, Zombi 3). No wonder I loved it! Warning: much less boobies than your usual Italian fare. Entertaining trash. WOOF!
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
I checked out All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) the other night and enjoyed it. The ending was pretty ruthless and even though the first half was standard teeny bop horror it started moving in a fresh direction once it climbed that familiar hill. Teen on teen violence can't get a proper release (The Loved Ones?) in the US and there's no signs of that changing so we'll just have to go keep our eyes open for these little nuggets that would otherwise go unnoticed.
Sssssss (1973) was pretty good. Crazy mad scientist/herpetologist creates anti-venom and something even more slithery out of his protege. In the beginning there was a disclaimer that the actors worked with real poisonous snakes. True? Who knows but I know I love snakes and reptiles so this was a cold-blooded treat for
There’s two reasons I watched this one: It’s on the old Video Nasties list and I’ve long heard rumors of a scene where the crazed cannibal-man eats a newborn straight from a woman’s baby-hole. A group of friends get trapped on an island inhabited by a shipwrecked fella with a taste for flesh. Although a few scenes of gore in this film were disgusting I was expecting something a bit more shocking. Overall it was fairly tame by today’s standards. Bad dubbing, silly dialogue and all the 80’s Italian madness I’ve grown to expect.
House by the Cemetery
If Zombi didn’t have such fantastic music this would be my 2nd favorite Fulci flick. An unlucky family moves into an old house but they soon find out the previous homeowner never left. Realtor tip: might want to look in the basement BEFORE you buy a house. Little Bob still holds the prize for most annoying kid in a horror movie.
Fulci’s masterpiece! Chock full of madness. This movie has everything and then some. The Beyond has excellent gore that keeps delivering throughout the movie and an incredible score to boot. Perfect pacing that culminates with an epic zombie massacre. Another reason I love this movie is because the ending is so damn dark and desolate. This is horror!
City of the Living Dead
Just an alright Fulci film that relies heavily on a few scenes of gore. Oh but these scenes are so darn good! Is it worth watching 91 minutes of an average horror movie just for 120 seconds of over the top brains and entrails? Yup! Points taken off for Fabio Frizzi remixing the Zombi music and reusing it for COTLD. Yeah dude, maybe you changed a note or two but so did Vanilla Ice when he ripped off Queen.
Cockneys Vs. Zombies
This was a lot of fun and just what I needed. A UK zombie movie with unlikely heroes? Sounds like I’ve heard this before but behold…some fresh ideas! Some clumsy bank robbers rescue their Grandpa from a nursing home and the two groups team together to form a formidable zombie fighting team. There were a few creative scenes that got an LOL from me and the pacing moves it along fast enough so it never gets annoying. Good fun!
The American Scream
Pretty good documentary about 3 families and the buildup to their annual Halloween home haunts. If one of these families was crazier I would have enjoyed it more. Mostly we just see all the work and preparation that goes into their elaborate displays. Show me the drama!
Inbred is silly, European countryside, small-town torturous fun! It moves a bit slow until the halfway point but once you get past that the madness ensues and the third act is backwoods crazy! A group of reform kids and some caretakers go on some weekend getaway at a lush green countryside cottage. After some work at the house the caretakers decide it would be nice to take the kids to the local pub for some sodas. If you're one of the kids you have 2 issues with this: 1. sodas? 2. The friggin' pub is called The Dirty Hole? Has nobody in this movie seen An American Werewolf in London? If you don't heed the warning in the ridiculously creepy name, at least reconsider staying after seeing the buggered up local folk. Yeah, it doesn't bode well for our crew from there. Definitely worth checking out. The gore is fun & almost cartoonish and the kills are fairly original. I guarantee this will be the best Yorkshire torture movie you see this year.
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